Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley 2006
2006 Frank Family Zinfandel Napa is dark and rich in color, reminiscent of violets. This classic Zinfandel leads with sweet blackberry jam, white and black pepper and clove spice. Further opulence emerges as layers of black cherry, blueberry and Asian spice are exposed. The palate is big, bold and ripe with juicy brambleberry and warm plum pudding, supported by integrated tannin and spice, giving a full mid palate and setting the stage for the long supple finish. This is a California Wine.
Editorial Reviews for Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley
Nice nose starts of with some tarry, matchstick and milk chocolate notes that are joined by wild berry, boysenberry fruit tones and deep notes of spicy and pepper. A touch sweet up front then slick and polished with plenty of very fresh yet slightly exotic berry notes, boysenberry and even a touch of asphalt, chocolate shavings and dried ginger. Nice feel with good tannins and balanced acids. A very polished, complete wine with a long, fruity finish and beautiful youthful tannins. A bit rambunctious, rough and tumble but well done as such if a bit hot on the finish. 91pts
the epitome of zinfandel. absolutely perfect.
One of the greatest, small, family owned wineries. I tried this wine in the Frank Family tasting room on my honeymoon. Bristol, the vineyard yellow lab, was an awesome dog!
This one has been under my staircase for over 2 years. Generally, the under the staircase storage is pretty good for a few years. We'll see. The cork was very good when I pulled it out. So, I am optimistic. Very dark color to this one--like a not-quite-black black plum. Unfortunately, alcohol dominates the nose. So, now I am less optimistic. Front of the tongue has very nice berry fruit and a bit of mint. Some sweetness--not clear if it is from the fruit or from the alcohol that I smelled. Some tannin and some acid. It is a smooth wine, but I think that the alcohol smell threw off my taster. Alcohol definitely pops up on the finish. Interesting that there are 17 other ratings and reviews posted here and not one (that would be zero) of them mentioned anything about alcohol. I wonder if my storage is at fault. We'll see how it goes with tonight's flank steak dinner. $28.99 at Total Wines in 2010.
- Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09
Cedar, leather & dark berry aromas lead to chocolate, jam and clove flavors and very smooth structure; no harsh edges.
External Reviews for Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley
Frank Family has always done a good job with Zinfandel, but their '06 is the best yet. It's rich and delicious, packed with savory black cherry, raspberry, mocha, cinnamon spice and vanilla flavors that are wrapped into wonderfully soft tannins. Really defines the so-called "claret" style of Zin.